Make-a-Wish Halloween Fundraiser

How is Smoky Hill participating in Halloween this year?


Gloria Namgung, Editor-in-Chief

With the long-awaited celebration of Halloween in the US, it’s safe to say that participation has been seen across the nation. As stated by Forbes, “‘Participation in Halloween-related activities will resume to pre-pandemic levels, with 69% of consumers planning to celebrate the holiday this year, up from 65% in 2021 and comparable to 68% in 2019,’”.

“I think a lot of people did try to participate because of COVID but it was a lot more stigmatized against it. And I think especially from the year after, COVID, a lot of people wanted to start getting involved again,” said Tess Durrell (11).

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events including Halloween were put to a hold for a duration of time because of the inability to gather and socialize with each other to follow CDC guidelines responsibly. Nonetheless, all that loss in the community has been made up significantly with COVID restrictions lifted.

“I think actually having COVID may have boosted how much people participate in school events, especially dressing up,” said Durrell.

The Halloween presence has clearly been shown in the hallways of the school itself. Sponsored by Make-a-Wish, it costs just $2 to participate in your own costume alongside other students. 

“I think it’s a good idea because a lot of kids want to dress up for Halloween. And it’s also a good cause, raising money for Make-a-Wish,” said Virginia Berglund (11).

The school spirit has been obviously presented by several already.

“I dressed up as Gru because my friend Tess and I decided that we wanted to be Vector and Gru and we decided that we wanted to go all out and be really funny,” said Berglund. 

Students aren’t the only ones involved. The Halloween spirit is exposed everywhere, including among the teachers and staff.

“I think being a high school teacher, you really have to be connected with your inner child, so you can connect with your students and they feed you that energy. I think it’s important that we as teachers, participate in all these activities,” said Gonzalez, a teacher for the Spanish department.

There’s no doubt that the school always executes spirit days well, with an influx of students and staff ready to participate. Homecoming Week and Halloween are just two of the several dress days that will be seen throughout the school year with the 2023 Wish Week coming right around the corner this upcoming January.